Posts tagged “bird feeder

Enjoying winter with the chickadees

Black-capped Chickadee in sunlight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

After a nice break over Christmas where I was outside playing with my kids and walking along the river, I’m enjoying winter now.  Following one of the cold snaps, the chickadees that visit our backyard seemed happy to be flying around in the -5°C weather after -30°C the day before.  They were flitting back and forth between the feeder and the tree beside our second floor deck which allowed me to practice capturing their launches off of the evergreen branches.

Chickadee flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin
The mid-flight images were not successful in the least (not shown – nothing worthwhile…) but I’m trying different strategies as me and auto focus are not quick enough to track their small bodies in their darting, quick flight movements.  For now, I was happy to spend some time with these little birds in my backyard while the sun drifted in and out of the clouds.

Wings up - 2013 © Christopher Martin

One-eyed Chickadee - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Flight preparation - 2013 © Christopher Martin


Chickadee at its feeder

Chickadee landing - © Christopher Martin-2191

One of the backyard’s Black-capped chickadees as it landed on their feeder.  I liked the motion in the wings and the grip on the post by its feet.

Work on the parallel bars - © Christopher Martin-2196